Travel to support Standing Rock
This is why it is imperative that the pipeline be stopped! I want to be at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation to support my mother, family, and community in their efforts to protect water and sacred sites. In addition, there is an increased need for Indigenous perspectives to document and share their experience of what is happening here at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I want to contribute my voice to help protect our land, water, and sacred places.
I have been visiting the Standing Rock Sioux reservation since the beginning of October with a short break to visit my family in Arizona. I have personally funded these past two trips. Due to family responsibilities and prior commitments I need to return to my home in Arizona (plus it would be great to see my children), which is why I am requesting assistance to return to North Dakota on November 17. I would stay in North Dakota until December.
Your donation will assist in traveling expenses from Phoenix AZ to Oceti Sakowin ND. If additional funds are raised it will go towards food, winter camping gear and supplies, gas for local transportation, and supporting efforts to connect with and support the local community. Your support will help me to share this historic event from my perspective as a Standing Rock Sioux/Navajo woman.
I hope you get the opportunity to come to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stand in solidarity for water and Indigenous sacred sites. I appreciate your support. Thank you.
￼Visiting the Oceti Sakowin camp with my family in early October.
￼The support from many Native Nations is overwhelming!
'Not Afraid to Look' statue overlooking the confluence of the Cannonball River and Missouri River (Lake Oahe) where the Dakota Access Pipeline threatens clean water and sacred burial sites of the Standing Rock Sioux. Statue by Charles Rencountre.
On Monday 11/21 I went down the Oceti Sakowin camp for a short period to try and locate friends. IT WAS COLD (bold letters for emphasis and seriousness, not yelling). If you are planing to come to Standing Rock (or know of people coming) be prepared for freezing weather and a wind that stings your face. I was there Monday afternoon and despite Sunday's ordeal (water protectors were attacked by law enforcement with pepper spray, rubber bullets, and were hosed down with water in sub-zero temperatures), the camp was still thriving. The sacred fire was glowing, the MC was talking to people, protectors were helping each other to winterize their camps, new arrivals were getting settled, and people were walking up to the volunteer center to help where they could. There was a solemn feeling as I overheard people chatting about the last night's happenings.
My mother and I then traveled to Mobridge South Dakota to participate in the SRST Tribal Administrative Hearings on the Environment. Both my mother and I spoke. My mother spoke about the need to support those who are coming to support the Tribe and how the nearby non-Native communities have become more fearless in their overt racism. We asked questions about the potential that a future oil spill would have on the SRST economy, the water and health of the community, and the endangered species in the area. We listened to other SRST enrolled members who were upset at the lack of meaningful consultation on the pipeline and Energy Transfer Partner's total disregard for the environment that the pipeline threatens. Two Indigenous elders from a different tribe, who were extremely knowledgeable about federal laws, shared why they were here supporting Standing Rock. When we thought the hearing was over around 9 (it was supposed to end at 8) a Navajo family, who had just arrived from New Mexico, offered testimony. Both parents and their children each testified the importance of this fight not just for water but also concern for the health of the Sioux and their environment. They mentioned how the Navajo are no stranger to water contamination and the long term consequences on health and environment.
On Tuesday 11/22, I attended the second SRST Tribal Administrative Hearings on the Environment as well as listened in to a Tribal reservation-wide meeting about the Dakota Access Pipeline. Based on my observations, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal members are against the pipeline (was there ever a concern that they weren't?), are upset that they were not consulted and that the tribe's concerns for the pipeline were not acted upon by Energy Transfer Partner when the company came to the Tribe in 2014.
I woke up today to a light layer of snow on the ground. It is cold now and will only get colder. Thank you for your support.
There is a strong need for Native peoples voice and perspective about what is happening at Standing Rock and your contributions will help me to be there to share my story as a Lakota and Diné woman. I am honored to share my experience on the importance of this historic event and what this means for Native peoples, Native Nations, and Indian Country as a whole.
To end, I share this photo I took as I was exiting the Oceti Sakowin camp. On this direction pole, water protectors from all over the world have written where they came from. It is amazing and powerful to see the support that everyone is giving to the Standing Rock Sioux. Thank you for your support. I will provide another update once I return to North Dakota.
I'm in S.E. TX and I have a 27' trailer that needs some repair and a pickup to pull it, but little else. I'm looking for some partners who an help me get ready and travel up there. Any help or advice is appreciated. =Donna